"...He was drunk enough to make the air intoxicating...."I met Marcus on the walk to church this morning. He seemed pleased to see me and he came along to the service. He'd had too much to drink but he wasn't so drunk as not to remember that we had his car battery and that we'd promised to charge it up for him. He was drunk enough to give a an edge of uncertainty to the service. He was drunk enough to make the air intoxicating. Passive intoxication might not be on the political agenda but it was for us this morning, with two guys from the local detox centre we had to carefully police who sat where!
The service ended. Marcus made himself at home and people made him feel at home as he took many opportunities to tell people that he has been booked into a detox tomorrow. All the time his battery is charging.
The two guys from Grieg House Detox are leaving. Hamish who has more or less finished his detox programme grabs Marcus by the shoulder, looks him in the eye with a look of 'I've been where you are... and I don't want to go back' and wishes him good luck for the detox - "you can do it!"
Church today seems to have been a good experience for Marcus - above all he has had his car battery charged!